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  • Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST Titans at Texans The Texans host the Titans at NRG Stadium.
  • Tue., Dec. 02, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CST Verizon Texans Players Show

    Meet Texans offensive linemen Derek Newton and Ben Jones at the Verizon Northline Store, 4400F North Freeway, Houston, TX 77022.

    Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways!

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    Friday, December 5
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  • Tue., Dec. 09, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CST Duane Brown Live at Houston Texans Grille Join Texans offensive lineman Duane Brown every Tuesday from 6-7pm at the Houston Texans Grille (12848 Queensbury Ln, Houston, TX 77024), then stay Texans Live from 7-8pm.  Lots of Texans prizes & giveaways
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Top-10 Texans through Week 8

Posted by Nick Scurfield on November 1, 2012 – 6:12 pm

On Tuesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a teamthrough Week 8. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories:

QB Matt Schaub
9th in passer rating (93.1)

RB Arian Foster
1st in rushing attempts (168)
5th in rushing yards (659)
1st in rushing touchdowns (9)
T-10th in yards from scrimmage (736)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (10)

DE J.J. Watt
1st in sacks (9.5)
3rd in stuffs (tackles for loss on running plays) (7.5)
T-6th in passes defensed (10)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-5th in interceptions (3)
T-3rd in INTs returned for touchdown (1)

CB Johnathan Joseph, FS Danieal Manning
T-3rd in INTs return for touchdown (1)

K Shayne Graham
6th in points, kickers (64)

P Donnie Jones
T-10th in punts inside 20 (13)

OLB Bryan Braman (missed 2 games, hamstring injury)
T-3rd in special teams tackles (9)
T-1st in solo special teams tackles (8)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 7

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 25, 2012 – 10:33 am

On Wednesday, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through seven games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories:

QB Matt Schaub
9th in passer rating (93.1)

RB Arian Foster
1st in rushing attempts (168)
1st in rushing yards (659)
1st in rushing touchdowns (9)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (736)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (10)

DE J.J. Watt
1st in sacks (9.5)
1st in stuffs (tackles for loss on running plays) (7.5)
T-2nd in passes defensed (10)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-4th in interceptions (3)
T-3rd in INTs returned for touchdown (1)

CB Johnathan Joseph, FS Danieal Manning
T-3rd in INTs return for touchdown (1)

K Shayne Graham
3rd in points, kickers (64)
T-9th in field goals made (13)

P Donnie Jones
8th in punts inside 20 (13)

OLB Bryan Braman (missed 2 games, hamstring injury)
T-2nd in special teams tackles (9)
T-1st in solo special teams tackles (8)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 6

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 18, 2012 – 10:40 am

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through six games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

RB Arian Foster
1st in rushing attempts (149)
2nd in rushing yards (561)
1st in rushing touchdowns (7)
4th in yards from scrimmage (633)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (8)

DE J.J. Watt
1st in sacks (9.5)
1st in stuffs (tackles for loss on running plays) (7.5)
T-8th in passes defensed (8)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-3rd in interceptions (3)

K Shayne Graham
T-6th in points, kickers (53)
T-9th in field goals made (11)

P Donnie Jones
T-8th in punts inside 20 (11)

OLB Bryan Braman
T-6th in special teams tackles (7)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 5

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 11, 2012 – 10:52 am

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through five games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
7th in passer rating (99.2)
9th in completion percentage (66.9)
9th in passing yards/attempt (7.64)
T-9th in passing touchdowns (8)
T-8th in interception percentage (1.5)

RB Arian Foster
1st in rushing attempts (132)
2nd in rushing yards (532)
1st in rushing touchdowns (5)
3rd in yards from scrimmage (592)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (6)

DE J.J. Watt
2nd in sacks (7.5)
T-3rd in passes defensed (8)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-3rd in interceptions (3)

K Shayne Graham
T-4th in points, kickers (47)
T-7th in field goals made (10)

P Donnie Jones
T-4th in punts inside 20 (11)

ILB Tim Dobbins, OLB Jesse Nading
T-5th in special teams tackles (6)


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Top-10 Texans through Week 4

Posted by Nick Scurfield on October 2, 2012 – 2:37 pm

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through four games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
3rd in passer rating (105.3)
9th in completion percentage (66.9)
9th in passing yards/attempt (7.69)
T-7th in passing touchdowns (7)
T-3rd in interception percentage (0.8)

RB Arian Foster

1st in rushing attempts (103)
4th in rushing yards (380)
T-1st in rushing touchdowns (4)
10th in yards from scrimmage (424)
1st in scrimmage touchdowns (5)

DE J.J. Watt
1st in sacks (7.5)
T-2nd in fumble recoveries (2)

CB Kareem Jackson
T-7th in interceptions (2)

K Shayne Graham
T-8th in points, kickers (36)

ILB Tim Dobbins
T-1st in special teams tackles (6)

OLB Jesse Nading
T-7th in special teams tackles (5)


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Postgame notes: Texans 38, Titans 14

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 30, 2012 – 4:27 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, notes from the Texans’ Week 4 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium, which they won 38-14:

THE WIN
·         Gave Houston the first 4-0 start to a season in franchise history and the first 4-0 start by a Houston professional football team since the USFL Houston Gamblers started 5-0 in 1985.

·         Evened the Texans’ all-time record at Reliant Stadium at 41-41 and improved the Texans to 2-0 at home this season.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Tennessee to 7-14 overall and 4-7 at home.

THE TEXANS OFFENSE
·         Scored on their opening drive for the second time this season and scored a touchdown on the opening drive for the first time this season.

·         Scored more than 30 points for the third time this season and the 24th time under Head Coach Gary Kubiak. Prior to Kubiak’s arrival, the Texans scored more than 30 points twice in 64 games.

·         Recorded the fifth-largest margin of victory in franchise history and the largest since a 28-point win at Tampa Bay on 11/13/11.

·         Scored 17 points off of three Tennessee turnovers in the game. For the season, Houston has scored 41 points off of nine takeaways.

·         Won the time of possession battle for the fourth time this season, holding the ball for 32:26. The Texans improved to 4-0 this season and 42-18 under Kubiak when controlling time of possession.

·         Ran the ball 31 times for 95 yards and improved to 36-5 under Kubiak when rushing 30 or more times.

·         Scored first for the second time this season. Houston also opened the scoring in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16).

·         Led after the first quarter for the third time this season, at halftime for the fourth time this season and after three quarters for the fourth time this season.

THE TEXANS DEFENSE
·         Scored their first defensive touchdown of the season and the first since 10/23/11 at Tennessee, when CB Brice McCain returned an interception 38 yards for a score. It was the 10th interception return for a score in Texans history.

·         Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game for the second time in team history. The last time was on 12/8/02 at Pittsburgh when CB Aaron Glenn returned a pair of interceptions for scores.

·         Forced three turnovers while the Texans offense committed none, giving Houston a plus-3 turnover margin. It was the third game this season in which the Texans had a positive turnover margin; and the team improved to 3-0 this season and 30-7 under Head Coach Gary Kubiak in such games.

·         Limited Tennessee to 4-of-12 (33 percent) on third-down attempts. For the season, Houston is holding its opponents to 12-of-48 (25 percent) on third down.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
·         Coached in his 100th game with the Texans and improved his overall record as Texans head coach to 51-49.

·         Improved his record at Reliant Stadium to 31-19.

·         Improved his record against AFC South opponents to 16-22 overall and 11-8 at home.

·         Challenged a spot in the first quarter, arguing that WR Keshawn Martin made a first down on a play ruled short of the marker. The challenge was successful, giving the Texans a first down and improving Kubiak’s record to 1-1 this season and 13-28 in his career.

CB ALAN BALL
·         Forced a fumble on a Tennessee punt return in the second quarter. It was the second forced fumble of his career and his first since 9/12/10 at Washington as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

FB JAMES CASEY
·         Finished with season highs in receptions, with five, and receiving yards, with 36.

·         Caught his second career touchdown pass and his first of the season when he pulled in an 11-yard scoring strike from QB Matt Schaub to cap Houston’s opening drive of the game. Casey’s previous touchdown catch came in Week 3 of 2011 on a 26-yard catch at New Orleans (9/25/11).

·         Topped 500 career receiving yards on his fourth catch of the game, a gain of 5 yards in the second quarter. Casey entered the game with 468 career receiving yards.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING
·         Led the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops. It was the second time this season that Cushing led the team in tackles.

TE OWEN DANIELS
·         Caught his second touchdown pass of the season and his second in as many games when he took a short pass and ran 28 yards for a score in the third quarter. It marked the eighth time in his career that Daniels has caught touchdowns in back-to-back games.

·         Led the team with six receptions for 72 yards, both game highs, and a touchdown. His six receptions tied his 2012 season high, which he also accomplished in Week 2 at Jacksonville (9/16), and was the second time this year he led the team in receptions.

·         Caught a 7-yard pass in the second quarter, extending his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 72.

·         Started the 81st game of his career, moving him past Mario Williams into fourth on the franchise’s all-time games started list.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         Scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the season and the 33rd of his career when he found the end zone from 4 yards away in the first quarter. The touchdown gives Foster at least one score, rushing or receiving, in six consecutive regular-season games, tying his career-long streak, which is the second-longest in team history. Foster has scored in eight straight games overall, including the playoffs.

·         Recorded the 750th rushing attempt of his career, which is the qualifying mark for NFL career statistics, on his 12th carry of the game, a gain of 3 yards in the second quarter.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
·         Became the 45th kicker in NFL history to score 1,000 points when he connected on a 33-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Graham entered the game with 993 career points.

CB KAREEM JACKSON
·         Scored his first career touchdown when he intercepted Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck and returned it 63 yards to the end zone. It was Jackson’s fifth career interception and his second of the season.

·         His 63-yard interception return was the sixth-longest in team history and was the longest return for touchdown since 12/13/09 when SS Bernard Pollard returned a pick 70 yards for a score against Seattle.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
·         Extended his franchise-record streak of consecutive games with a reception to 86 with a 33-yard catch and run on Houston’s opening drive.

P DONNIE JONES
·         Punted six times and had four of his punts downed inside the Tennessee 20-yard line, which tied for the second-most in a game in his career. The last time he had four punts downed inside the opponent’s 20 was on 11/6/11 at Arizona as a member of the St. Louis Rams.

SS DANIEAL MANNING
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 10th of his career when he picked off Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck in the third quarter. Manning returned the interception 55 yards for a touchdown, giving him his first career interception return for touchdown.

C CHRIS MYERS
·         Started his 68th consecutive game with the Texans, moving him past Steve McKinney for fourth on the franchise’s consecutive starts list. Myers has started 84 consecutive games overall.

WR DEVIER POSEY
·         Made his professional debut when he came into the game on Houston’s opening drive.

FS GLOVER QUIN
·         Registered his first career sack when he dropped Tennessee QB Jake Locker for an 8-yard loss in the first quarter. Quin forced a fumble on the play, his second of the season and of his career.

QB MATT SCHAUB
·         Won his eighth consecutive start, dating back to last year.

·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 36-32 overall and 22-11 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Finished with a passer rating of 115.5 after completing 20-of-28 attempts for 202 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was Schaub’s third game this season with a rating of better than 100.

·         Has completed passes to at least seven different receivers in all four games this season.

·         Threw his sixth touchdown pass of the season and his 98th as a Texan when he hit FB James Casey for an 11-yard score to cap the Texans’ opening drive.

·         Tossed his second touchdown pass of the game when he hit TE Owen Daniels for a 28-yard score in the third quarter. It was Schaub’s second consecutive multi-touchdown performance this season and the 34th of his career.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a 1-yard loss and forced a fumble on the play. The sack gave Smith 2.0 for the season and 31.5 for his career. The forced fumble was his first of the season and the eighth of his career.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Became the first Texans player to record multiple sacks in four consecutive games.

·         Has recorded at least one sack in four consecutive regular-season games and six straight games, including the 2012 playoffs.

·         Recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 7 yards. It was his second fumble recovery of the season and the fourth of his career.

·         Sacked Tennessee QB Matt Hasselbeck for a loss of 11 yards in the second quarter. It gave Watt a career-high 6.5 sacks on the season, surpassing his total of 5.5 from 2011.

·         Registered his second sack of the game when he tackled Hasselbeck for a 6-yard loss in the third quarter. Watt has recorded multiple sacks in all four games this season and, counting the 2012 playoffs, has done so in five straight games.

MISCELLANEOUS STATS
·         Total paid attendance was 71,581, which was the third-largest regular-season crowd in team history. Houston has sold out all 105 home games, including preseason, regular season and postseason, in team history.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included ILB Mister Alexander, QB John Beck, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR Lestar Jean.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Texans won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.


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Top-10 Texans through Week 2

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 18, 2012 – 4:56 pm

Earlier today, we looked at where the Texans rank statistically as a team through two games. Here’s a look at individual Texans players who rank in the top 10 of the NFL in various categories.

QB Matt Schaub
8th in completion percentage (69.7)

RB Arian Foster
7th in rushing yards (189)
T-1st in rushing touchdowns (3)
T-6th in rushing first downs (9)
T-9th in yards from scrimmage (222)
T-1st in scrimmage touchdowns (3)

RB Ben Tate
T-3rd in rushing touchdowns (2)
T-5th in scrimmage touchdowns (2)

DE J.J. Watt
T-2nd in sacks (3.0)
T-3rd in passes defensed (5)
T-1st in fumble recoveries (1)

ILB Brian Cushing, CB Kareem Jackson, CB Johnathan Joseph
T-10th in interceptions (1)

SS Danieal Manning
T-1st in fumble recoveries (1)

K Shayne Graham
T-8th in field goals made (5)
T-8th in points, kickers (21)

WR Trindon Holliday
8th in punt return average (13.0)

ILB Tim Dobbins, CB Brice McCain
T-7th in special teams tackles (3)


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Game notes: Texans 30, Dolphins 10

Posted by Nick Scurfield on September 9, 2012 – 7:14 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ public relations staff, here are game notes from Houston’s 30-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Week 1 at Reliant Stadium:

THE WIN…
·         Was the Texans’ third consecutive victory on Kickoff Weekend. Houston improved to 6-5 on opening day and 5-3 at home on Kickoff Weekend.

·         Improved Houston’s all-time record against Miami to 7-0 overall and 4-0 at Reliant Stadium.

·         Improved Houston’s record against AFC East opponents to 10-10 all-time.

HEAD COACH GARY KUBIAK
·         Improved his career regular-season record to 48-49 overall.

·         Won his 30th game at Reliant Stadium, improving to 30-19 at home.

·         Unsuccessfully challenged a call on Houston’s first possession, arguing that WR Lestar Jean was in bounds on a catch in the end zone. Jean was ruled out of bounds by the officials on the field. His career record fell to 5-17 on challenges.

·         The Texans have scored 30 or more points 25 times in franchise history, 22 of which have come under Kubiak (2006-12).

THE TEXANS…
·         Did not allow Miami to score an offensive touchdown in the game.

·         Held an opponent to 10 or fewer points for the 25th time in team history and the sixth time in two seasons under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

·         Intercepted three passes in the first half, tying a franchise record for the most interceptions in one half. The last time Houston had three interceptions in a half was in the second half at Tampa Bay last season (11/13/11).

·         Forced turnovers on four consecutive possessions to end the first half.  It was the second time in team history that the Texans forced turnovers on four straight possessions. The previous time was 10/3/04 vs. Oakland.

·         Forced turnovers on three consecutive plays in the second quarter. Following ILB Brian Cushing’s interception, CB Kareem Jackson intercepted a pass on first-and-10 on Miami’s next drive, and SS Danieal Manning recovered a fumble on the first play of Miami’s subsequent possession.

·         Tied the team record for the most takeaways in one half with four in the first half. The last time Houston forced four turnovers in a half was in the second half at Tampa Bay on11/13/11.

·         Held Miami’s offense to -5 yards in the third quarter. The previous low was 1 yard by Tampa Bay in the third quarter on 11/13/11.

·         Stopped Miami on fourth down on three consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter. Houston’s opponents were 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) on fourth-down attempts in 2011.

·         Held Miami to 2-of-10 (20 percent) on third down attempts in the game. Houston’s opponents converted 35.8 percent of third-down tries in 2011.

·         Have scored 30 or more points in each of their last three season openers. They scored 34 vs. Indianapolis in 2010 and again in 2011.

·         Scored 24 points off of four takeaways, their first such points this season. In 2011, the team scored 119 points off of 27 turnovers.

·         Scored 24 second-quarter points, which tied for the most in that period in team history. Houston also scored 24 points vs. Arizona on 12/8/05. Tied for second-most points in a quarter in franchise history.

·         Had four red-zone possessions in the first half and scored three touchdowns. Overall, Houston was 3-of-6 on its red zone possessions in the game. The Texans scored touchdowns on 28-of-60 red zone possessions (46.7 percent) in 2011.

·         Won the time of possession battle, holding the ball for 34:44. Houston was 9-3 when winning time of possession in 2011 and are now 39-18 under Kubiak when holding the ball more than their opponent.

·         Ran the ball 35 times in the game. Under Kubiak, Houston is now 33-5 when running the ball 30 or more times.

·         Outrushed the Dolphins, 83-79. Houston improved to 1-0 on the season when outrushing its opposition and 38-15 under Kubiak.

·         Held a plus-4 turnover ratio in the game (4 takeaways, 0 turnovers) and improved to 28-7 under Kubiak in games with a positive turnover margin.

·         Did not have any rookies start in the season opener for the first time in franchise history.

ILB BRIAN CUSHING
·         Forced a fumble in the first quarter. It was his first forced fumble of the season and the sixth of his career.

·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the seventh of his career when he hauled in a deflected pass in the second quarter. Cushing returned the interception for 1 yard.

·         Also led the team with seven tackles, including six solo stops. It was the

TE OWEN DANIELS
·         Made his 300th career reception with his first catch of the afternoon, a 23-yard gain on the Texans’ opening drive. Daniels finished the game with 87 yards on four catches.

·         Picked up a first down on all four of his receptions.

RB ARIAN FOSTER
·         Scored his 30th career rushing touchdown and his first of the season on a 14-yard gain late in the second quarter.

·         Became the second Texans position player, along with WR Andre Johnson, to score more than 300 points when he scored his first touchdown of the game. The score gave him 305 career points.

·         Scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a 1-yard run in the second quarter. It was his seventh career multi-touchdown performance. He finished with a game-high 79 rushing yards on 26 attempts, including his two touchdowns.

K SHAYNE GRAHAM
·         Saw a 52-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter fall short. Graham is now 9-19 from beyond 50 yards in his career. The kick was his 250th career field goal attempt.

·         Connected on a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter for his first points as a Texan.

·         Made a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter to push the Texans’ lead to 27-10. In his career, Graham is 57-of-71 (80.3 percent) on attempts between 40 and 49 yards.

·         Closed the scoring with a 19-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was only the fifth attempt of his career from less than 20 yards, and he is perfect on those kicks.

CB KAREEM JACKSON
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the fourth of his career when he picked off a deflected pass in the second quarter. He returned the interception 3 yards.

·         Tied a career high with two passes defensed in the game. The last time he had two passes defensed was 11/6/11 vs. Cleveland.

DE TIM JAMISON
·         Sacked Miami QB Ryan Tannehill for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter. It was his first sack of the game and the fourth of his career.

WR LESTAR JEAN
·         Made his first career reception with a 9-yard gain on third-and-4 to keep the Texans’ opening drive alive.

WR ANDRE JOHNSON
·         Extended his streak of consecutive games played with a reception to 83 with an 11-yard catch on Houston’s opening drive of the game.

·         Caught his 500th pass under Head Coach Gary Kubiak with a 24-yard gain in the second quarter, his second catch of the day. Johnson has averaged 89.3 receiving yards and 6.49 receptions per game under Kubiak, both of which would be the highest in NFL history by a wide margin if viewed on their own.

·         Caught his 53rd career touchdown pass on a 14-yard scoring strike just before halftime.

·         Surpassed 100 receiving yards on the day with a 29-yard catch in the fourth quarter. The catch gave Johnson 119 yards on the day. It was Johnson’s 39th career 100-yard game.

·         Became the first player in Texans history to play 10 seasons with the team when he took the field to start the game.

CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH
·         Intercepted his first pass of the season and the 19th of his career when he picked off Miami QB Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. Joseph returned the interception 36 yards. It was Joseph’s first interception in regular-season play at Reliant Stadium.

SS DANIEAL MANNING
·         Recovered his first fumble of the season and the fifth of his career in the second quarter.

FS GLOVER QUIN
·         Forced his first fumble of the season when he knocked the ball out of Miami RB Daniel Thomas’ hands in the second quarter.

QB MATT SCHAUB
·         Improved his record as the Texans’ starting quarterback to 33-32.

·         Threw his first touchdown pass of the season and the 99th of his career when he hit WR Andre Johnson for a 14-yard score just before halftime.

·         Completed 20-of-31 passes for 266 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 102.4. The Texans are 22-6 when Schaub has a passer rating of 100 or better.

DE ANTONIO SMITH
·         Teamed with DE J.J. Watt to sack Miami QB Ryan Tannehill for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter. The half-sack gave Smith 30.0 for his career and 15.5 as a Texan.

DE J.J. WATT
·         Picked up his, and the team’s, first sack of the season when he fell on Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill after Tannehill was tripped by one of his linemen in the second quarter. The sack gave Watt 6.5 career sacks.

·         Deflected three passes, all in the first half, two of which resulted in interceptions.

·         Teamed with DE Antonio Smith to sack Tannehill for an 8-yard loss in the third quarter. It gave Watt second career multi-sack game in regular-season play. He had 2.0 sacks at Jacksonville on 11/27/11.  Additionally, Watt had 2.5 sacks in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Baltimore on 1/15/12.

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES
·         Four rookies made their NFL debuts in the game: DE Jared Crick, C Ben Jones, WR Keshawn Martin and OLB Whitney Mercilus. Second-year WR Lestar Jean also made his professional debut after spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve. Veteran free agents CB Alan Ball, FB Tyler Clutts, RB Justin Forsett, K Shayne Graham, T Ryan Harris, ILB Bradie James and P Donnie Jones all made their Texans debuts.

·         Inactive players for the Texans included QB John Beck, OLB Bryan Braman, G Brandon Brooks, CB Roc Carmichael, T Andrew Gardner, CB Brandon Harris and WR DeVier Posey.

·         Captains for the Texans were ILB Brian Cushing, ILB Tim Dobbins, WR Andre Johnson, QB Matt Schaub and DE Antonio Smith.

·         The Dolphins won the toss and elected to receive.

·         Total paid attendance was 71,566, which is the second-largest crowd in Texans history. The team record is 71,585 on 10/2/11 vs. Pittsburgh. Houston has sold out all 104 home games, including preseason, regular-season and postseason, in franchise history.


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Players not dressing, lineup changes for Texans-Vikings

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 30, 2012 – 3:52 pm

Here’s a list of players who are not dressing and the starting lineup changes for tonight’s preseason game between the Texans and Minnesota Vikings at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. CT:

Texans non-dressers
8 QB Matt Schaub
13 QB T.J. Yates
21 CB Brice McCain
23 RB Arian Foster
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
25 CB Kareem Jackson
29 FS Glover Quin
38 SS Danieal Manning
44 RB Ben Tate
50 OLB Bryan Braman
53 ILB Bradie James
55 C Chris Myers
56 ILB Brian Cushing
58 OLB Brooks Reed
62 G Antoine Caldwell
74 G Wade Smith
75 T Derek Newton
76 T Duane Brown
80 WR Andre Johnson
81 TE Owen Daniels
86 FB James Casey
87 WR Jerrell Jackson
88 TE Garrett Graham
94 DE Antonio Smith
95 NT Shaun Cody
96 DE Tim Jamison
98 OLB Connor Barwin
99 DE J.J. Watt

Texans starting lineup changesrt
Keshawn Martin and Lestar Jean will start at wide receiver. Rashad Butler will start at left tackle. Cody White will start at left guard. Ben Jones will start at center. Brandon Brooks will start at right guard. Andrew Gardner will start at right tackle. Logan Brock will start at tight end. John Beck will start at quarterback. Moran Norris will start at fullback. Justin Forsett will start at running back. Mitch King and Jared Crick will start at defensive end. Hebron Fangupo will start at nose tackle. Whitney Mercilus and D.J. Bryant will start at outside linebacker. Mister Alexander and Tim Dobbins will start at inside linebacker. Alan Ball and Sherrick McManis will start at cornerback. Quintin Demps and Troy Nolan will start at safety.

Vikings non-dressers
7 QB Christian Ponder
12 WR Percy Harvin
20 CB Chris Cook
26 CB Antoine Winfield
28 HB Adrian Peterson
32 HB Toby Gerhart
33 FS Jamarca Sanford
34 S Andrew Sendejo
41 S Mistral Raymond
42 FB Jerome Felton
50 WLB Erin Henderson
52 SLB Chad Greenway
54 MLB Jasper Brinkley
65 C John Sullivan
69 RDE Jared Allen
71  T Phil Loadholt
74 LG Charlie Johnson
75 LT Matt Kalil
81 WR Jerome Simpson
82 TE Kyle Rudolph
89 TE John Carlson
93 UT Kevin Williams
96 LDE Brian Robison
98 NT Letroy Guion

Vikings starting lineup changes:
84 Michael Jenkins at WR for 81 Jerome Simpson
73 DeMarcus Love at LT for 75 Matt Kalil
72 Chris DeGeare at LG for 74 Charlie Johnson
61 Joe Berger at C for 65 John Sullivan
79 Pat Brown at RT for 71 Phil Loadholt
40 Rhett Ellison at TE for 82 Kyle Rudolph
11 Stephen Burton at WR for 12 Percy Harvin
14 Joe Webb at QB for 7 Christian Ponder
44 Ryan D’Imperio at FB for 42 Jerome Felton
38 Lex Hilliard at HB for 32 Toby Gerhart
91 D’Aundre Reed at LDE for 96 Brian Robison
62 Chase Baker at NT for 90 Fred Evans
99 Christian Ballard at UT for 93 Kevin Williams
97 Everson Griffen at RDE for 69 Jared Allen
51 Larry Dean at LB for 52 Chad Greenway
58 Tyrone McKenzie at LB for 54 Jasper Brinkley
55 Marvin Mitchell at LB for 50 Erin Henderson
27 Brandon Burton at CB for 26 Antoine Winfield
25 Chris Carr at CB for 20 Chris Cook
37 Eric Frampton at SS for 41 Mistral Raymond
22 Harrison Smith at FS for 33 Jamarca Sanford


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Texans 20, 49ers 9: Postgame notes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on August 19, 2012 – 12:06 am

Courtesy of the Texans’ award-winning communications staff, postgame notes from the Texans’ 20-9 preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium:
 

THE WIN…
·         Improved the Texans’ all-time preseason record to 18-25 overall, 10-12 at Reliant Stadium and 2-0 vs. San Francisco.
 
·         Improved the Texans’ all-time preseason record against NFC West teams to 3-1.
 
·         Improved head coach Gary Kubiak’s career preseason record to 15-11 and 8-5 at home.
 
·         Improved the Texans’ record this preseason to 2-2, guaranteeing at least a .500 record in preseason play for the sixth time in Kubiak’s seven seasons as head coach.
 
TEXANS TEAM NOTES
·         Houston has scored on its opening possession in both preseason games this year.
 
·         The Texans trailed for the first time this preseason following a 36-yard field goal by San Francisco K David Akers in the second quarter.
 
·         The Texans first-team offense played 25 snaps and gained 177 yards of offense (128 passing, 49 rushing). Houston scored on two of its four drives in the first half and missed a field goal to end a third.
 
·         The Texans defense has recorded 10 sacks through the first six quarters of play this preseason.
 
·         Houston’s starting defense allowed 123 total yards to San Francisco on 25 snaps.
 
·         The Texans defense held San Francisco to 3-of-13 on third down attempts, giving the 49ers a 23-percent conversion rate. In two preseason games, Houston has held its opponents to 5-of-23 (21.7%) on third down.
 
·         The Texans won the time of possession battle for the second consecutive preseason game, holding on to the ball for 30:04.
 
·         The Texans outrushed the 49ers, gaining 119 yards on the ground and holding San Francisco to 118 yards. Houston has now outrushed its opponent in both preseason games.
 
·         The Texans had an even turnover margin for the second consecutive game
 
·         The 49ers won the toss and deferred the option until the second half.
 
·         Total paid attendance was 71,196. That was the largest crowd in Texans preseason history.
 
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER NOTES
·         OLB Connor Barwin teamed with DE Tim Jamison to sack San Francisco QB Alex Smith for no gain in the first quarter. The sack was Barwin’s first of the 2012 preseason.
 
·         WR Trindon Holliday returned a punt in the third quarter 87 yards for a touchdown. It was the third punt return for touchdown in franchise preseason history. WR Jacoby Jones had both previous scores in the 2007 preseason, taking a punt back 80 yards for a score at Arizona (8/18/07) and another 91 yards for a score vs. Dallas (8/25/07).
 
·         Holliday became the first Texans player to record a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown in the same preseason.
 
·         K Shayne Graham connected on a 48-yard field goal attempt to cap the Texans’ opening drive of the game.
 
·         Graham connected from 49 yards in the third quarter, making him 4-of-4 on field goal attempts in the preseason.
 
·         CB Kareem Jackson led the team with four tackles, all solo stops.
 
·         DE Tim Jamison teamed with OLB Connor Barwin to sack San Francisco QB Alex Smith for no gain in the first quarter and combined with DE Antonio Smith to sack San Francisco QB Alex Smith for a 6-yard loss later in the quarter.
 
·         WR Lestar Jean caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from QB Matt Schaub late in the second quarter. It was his first career touchdown catch. He caught two passes for 53 yards in two games during the 2011 preseason before suffering a shoulder injury that ended his season.
 
·         Jean led all receivers in the game with four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Through two games, he now leads the team with six catches for 92 yards and a score.
 
·         WR Andre Johnson returned to the field and caught two passes for 49 yards, including a game-long 43-yarder.  Despite missing the first preseason game, Johnson ranks third on the team in receiving yards this preseason with 49.
 
·         QB Case Keenum came into the game in the fourth quarter and completed 1-of-3 passes for 20 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 57.6.
 
·         QB Matt Schaub connected with WR Andre Johnson for a 43-yard gain early in the second quarter. The pass was the longest offensive play for the Texans this preseason.
 
·         Schaub completed his first six pass attempts, accounting for 86 yards on the throws, before an incomplete throw to TE Owen Daniels in the second quarter ended the streak.
 
·         Schaub hit WR Lestar Jean for a 9-yard touchdown with :54 remaining in the first half. It was his first touchdown pass of the preseason.
 
·         Schaub finished the first half 11-of-14 for 128 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, giving him a passer rating of 128.6.
 
·         QB T.J. Yates finished the night 5-of-9 for 30 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.  He was also sacked twice for 18 yards in losses.  His final passer rating was 62.3.
 
·         Texans scratches included NT Shaun Cody, WR Jerrell Jackson, DE J.J. Watt and ILB Greg Williams.

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